Whereas varnish or finish simply seals your wood against moisture and damage, protecting it and showing off the natural color, stain changes the color of your floor, allowing for deeper browns and reds to alter the look of your home without the cost of a new floor. But if you've ever tried to stain or refinish your home's hardwood floor yourself, you understand the surprising difficulty, cost, and time that can go into getting even a small hardwood floor staining project done. Working alone, you may spend upwards of twelve hours on your knees, sanding, applying multiple coats, and waiting on pins and needles for the result.
Use our Expertise
Don't worry about going at it alone! DC Floors specializes in hardwood floor staining and refinishing and we have years of experience and affordable pricing as well. We know how to stain floors and we’ll help you get the job done fast and with the absolute best results possible. Give us a call and we can easily estimate the size of your project and the time required with a quote for the finished work.
If you aren't sure what to expect, our experts can also recommend the stains or finish that will work best with the particular species of wood in your floor, its age and condition, and the atmosphere of your home. This is especially important as wood stain may change the color of your wood in unexpected ways (depending on the condition and species) and can reveal unattractive staining damage.
Count on a Quality Result
When it comes to staining hardwood floors, experience makes a huge difference. Our team’s work speaks for itself, as we deliver beautiful finished work on a daily basis to customers around the Sacramento area, using high quality sanders to save your knees hours’ worth of suffering, and procedures designed to protect your floors and apply the stain evenly without bleeding, irregular patches, or disfiguring lap lines. We make sure your floors look great for years to come and we stand by our work.
Protect Against Cost Overruns
Too many people begin their home improvement projects with the best intentions, only to discover they need extra equipment, cause accidental damage that needs to be repaired, or end up with a so-so result. This is especially true with large stain jobs over floors that have been stained or damaged in the past. When you call and get a quote from DC Floors, you know that your floors will be done on time, look great, and you won’t see your project’s cost grow unexpectedly.
Staining hardwood floors is an involved process and there is a lot that can go wrong. Here are some of the big steps:
- First your floors must be evenly sanded down along the grain to reveal the wood beneath without causing damage. If you don’t have the right tools, sanding wood floors by hand can be back breaking.
- Once this is completed, the sawdust must be carefully removed before it can cause problems or irregularities beneath the wood stain. Cleaning it away is best accomplished with vacuums and a clean cotton rag dampened with mineral spirits.
- The wood stain is then applied evenly and along the grain. Not all woods respond well to stain and cracks, dust, stray sanding lines, or other damage can easily trap the pigment resulting in dark spots and streaks. Depending on your situation, the stain may need to be applied by hand or even misted evenly over the area from above.
- Depending on the humidity and weather conditions, your stain will need to dry completely for at least 48 hours before one or more layers of finish can be applied over top, protecting your newly stained floor against moisture and other damage while giving it that ‘new floor’ sheen.
- The entire process of wood floor staining may take as little as two afternoons during a week, or longer if your stain requires more coats of finish.
What to Watch Out For?
Our team is ready to help you get your floor looking great, and we can handle every stage of the staining process from sanding wood floors to applying wood floor finishes, basecoats, and topcoats. We can also readily assist you if you have damage that may interfere with good staining, if you have small areas of food or water stains and don’t want to re-do the entire floor if you don’t have to, or if you aren’t sure whether to stain your floor, refinish it in its natural color, or replace the floor entirely. Call us today at (916) 893-5535 to let us help point you in the right direction. Don't forget to check out our page on hardwood floors staining in Folsom and hardwood floors staining in Roseville.